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Keep thy spirit pure from worldly taint by the repellent strength of virtue.

Let him who believes in immortality enjoy his happiness in silence without giving himself airs about it.

Live virtuously, and you cannot die too soon, nor live too long.

Many new years you may see, but happy ones you cannot see without deserving them. These virtue, honor, and knowledge alone can merit, alone can produce.

Many who have tasted all the pleasures of sin have forsaken it and come over to virtue; but there are few, if any, who having tried the sweets of virtue could ever be drawn off from it, or find in their hearts to fall back to their former course.

Most men admire Virtue, who follow not her lore.

Never expecting to find perfection in men, in my commerce with my contemporaries I have found much human virtue. I have seen not a little public spirit; a real subordination of interest to duty; and a decent and regulated sensibility to honest fame and reputation. The age unquestionably produces daring profligates and insidious hypocrites. What then? Am I not to avail myself of whatever good is to be found in the world because of the mixture of evil that will always be in it? The smallness of the quantity in currency only heightens the value. They who raise suspicions on the good, on account of the behavior of ill men, are of the party of the latter.

No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is also a thing that human beings must avoid.

No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.

No state of virtue is complete save as it is won by a conflict with evil, and fortified by the struggles of a resolute and even bitter experience.

No virtue can be real that has not been tried. The gold in the crucible alone is perfect; the loadstone tests the steel, and the diamond is tried by the diamond, while metals gleam the brighter in the furnace.

Nothing is more unjust, however common, than to charge with hypocrisy him that expresses zeal for those virtues which he neglects to practise; since he may be sincerely convinced of the advantages of conquering his passions, without having yet obtained the victory; as a man may be confident of the advantages of a voyage or a journey, Without having courage or industry to undertake it, and may honestly recommend to others those attempts which he neglects himself.

On every occasion in which virtue is exercised, if something is not added to happiness, something is taken, away from anxiety.

One's outlook is a part of his virtue.

Our life is short, but to expand that span to vast eternity is virtue's work.

Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.

Our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not; and our Crimea would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues.

Perfect virtue is to do unwitnessed what we should be capable of doing before all the world.

Purity is obscurity.

Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.


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